Most Popular Feature Films Released 1939-01-01 to 1939-12-31


1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.1
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100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 320,692 | Gross: $22.20M

2. Gone with the Wind (1939)

G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 238,263 | Gross: $198.68M

3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 85,780 | Gross: $9.60M

4. Dancing Co-Ed (1939)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Lana Turner, Richard Carlson, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Artie Shaw

Votes: 290

5. Golden Boy (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,393

6. These Glamour Girls (1939)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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A drunken college student invites a dance hostess to the big college dance and then forgets he asked her. When she shows up at school, he tries to get rid of her, but she won't leave. ... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Lew Ayres, Lana Turner, Tom Brown, Richard Carlson

Votes: 295

7. Stagecoach (1939)

Not Rated | 96 min | Adventure, Western

7.9
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine

Votes: 34,374

8. Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, War

6.8
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FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, George Sanders, Francis Lederer, Paul Lukas

Votes: 1,143

9. Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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Dr. Gillespie tries to teach Jimmy Kildare a lesson by tossing him into a street clinic. Only Kildare gets called to take a bullet out of a suspected murderer, and when the cops collar him ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 287

10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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In 15th century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 8,608

11. The Women (1939)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland

Votes: 10,573 | Gross: $2.27M

12. Wuthering Heights (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 13,745

13. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene, Wendy Barrie

Votes: 7,871

14. The Little Princess (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, due to her father having to go to South Africa to fight in the Second Boer War.

Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter | Stars: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter

Votes: 4,619

15. Bad Lands (1939)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Drama, Western

5.7
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A posse of nine and Sheriff Bill Cummings set out after a renegade named Apache Jack, who has murdered the wife of Lopez, one of the posse members. The others are Rayburn, Chic Lyman, Billy... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Robert Barrat, Noah Beery Jr., Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Andy Clyde

Votes: 142

16. The Rules of the Game (1939)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost, Mila Parély

Votes: 22,430

17. Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

7.5
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In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Votes: 9,464

18. Ninotchka (1939)

Passed | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

8.0
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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 15,720 | Gross: $1.19M

19. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.1
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Newlyweds Gil and Lana Martin try to establish a farm in the Mohawk Valley but are menaced by Indians and Tories as the Revolutinary War begins.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Edna May Oliver, Eddie Collins

Votes: 4,507 | Gross: $1.00M

20. Jamaica Inn (1939)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Crime

6.3
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In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges

Votes: 7,218

21. Of Mice and Men (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Drama

7.8
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Two itinerant migrant workers, one mentally disabled and the other his carer, take jobs as ranch hands during the Great Depression to fulfill their shared dream of owning their own ranch.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Charles Bickford

Votes: 4,662

22. Destry Rides Again (1939)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Western

7.7
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When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Charles Winninger

Votes: 8,456

23. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Not Rated | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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86 Metascore

At a remote South American trading port, the manager of an air freight company is forced to risk his pilots' lives in order to win an important contract.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess

Votes: 9,932

24. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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An aged teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school recalls his career and his personal life over the decades.

Directors: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin | Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills

Votes: 8,462

25. Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 7,187

26. It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.1
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When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 2,021

27. The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane, Gladys George

Votes: 10,349

28. Dark Victory (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 8,094

29. Beau Geste (1939)

Passed | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Three adopted English brothers join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, after one of them steals their adoptive family's famous heirloom sapphire.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 4,636

30. Gulliver's Travels (1939)

Passed | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.8
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Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival, Blefuscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Fleischer | Stars: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig, Cal Howard

Votes: 3,053

31. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 5,817

32. The Four Feathers (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Resigning his commission on the eve of his unit's deployment against Egyptian rebels, a British officer seeks to redeem his cowardice by secretly aiding his former comrades - disguised as ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez

Votes: 4,708

33. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

7.6
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Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,291

34. The Cat and the Canary (1939)

72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 2,025

35. Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

7.7
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Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep ... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin | Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson

Votes: 2,947

36. Love Affair (1939)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman

Votes: 3,473

37. Mariquilla Terremoto (1939)

83 min

4.4
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Mariquilla is an Andalusian girl living with her uncle in a small village near Seville. Her cheerful condition and singing abilities brighten people's lives, but she is too shameful when it... See full summary »

Director: Benito Perojo | Stars: Estrellita Castro, Antonio Vico, Ricardo Merino, Rafaela Satorrés

Votes: 9

38. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, Alan Marshal

Votes: 5,223

39. Made for Each Other (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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While on a business trip, an ambitious young lawyer meets and immediately falls in love with a stranger. They wed the following day, and tragedy soon strikes.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn, Lucile Watson

Votes: 2,599

40. Babes in Arms (1939)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Musical

6.6
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The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,886

41. Jesse James (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings | Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott

Votes: 3,277

42. The Oklahoma Kid (1939)

Approved | 85 min | History, Western

6.4
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McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,698

43. Jeepers Creepers (I) (1939)

69 min | Western

6.6
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A greedy land baron tries to cheat a family out of its land because he secretly knows there's oil under it.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Leon Weaver, Frank Weaver, June Weaver, Roy Rogers

Votes: 39

44. Union Pacific (1939)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff, Robert Preston

Votes: 1,957

45. Le Jour se Leve (1939)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.8
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After committing a murder, a man locks himself in his apartment and recollects the events that led him to the killing.

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty, Jules Berry

Votes: 5,244 | Gross: $0.03M

46. Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.7
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Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from ... See full summary »

Directors: William A. Seiter, Walter Lang | Stars: Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Margaret Lockwood, Martin Good Rider

Votes: 585

47. The Flying Deuces (1939)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, War

6.9
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Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper's daughter he's fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 3,769

48. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The 'Dead End' Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,584

49. The Old Maid (1939)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

7.7
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The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,524

50. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,228